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Uganda to construct 4 new international airports

30 January 2015, 10:34 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday launched its 2034 master plan that will see the authority revamp Entebbe International Airport into a magnificent international facility and also see Uganda get four more international airports in the districts of Arua, Kasese, Hoima and Pakuba.

Currently, Uganda has only one international airport, Entebbe International Airport.

Although it has several airstrips, they are underdeveloped and therefore underused.

While reading the prime minister's speech about the issue in Kampala, the minister for transport, Abraham Byandala said: ''There is need for the plans to be implemented as early as possible especially when the resources are available so as to benefit various sectors.''

He said the sectors that will benefit are agriculture, oil, tourism among others.

However, the CAA Managing Director, Dr. Rama Makuza emphasized that the plans are intended to inform the growth process and the expansion of the aviation sector in the next 20 years.

''It will reduce congestion of traffic at the airport and boost revenue collection as more goods will be entering the country through these airports,'' he said.

The proposed national airports plan will cost 400 million US dollars in the next 20 years.

''As a businessman, am happy about the news of our country getting other international airports. That will facilitate our work as exporters,'' said Robbin Kaga, an exporter of flowers to European countries.

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